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    AAMC Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Florida Ban on Under 18 Gender-Affirming Care


    Frank Trinity, Chief Legal Officer
    For Media Inquiries

    The AAMC joined the American Academy of Pediatrics and more than 20 other health organizations in an amicus brief filed Oct. 13 focused on ensuring that all adolescents, including those with gender dysphoria, receive the optimal medical and mental health care they need.

    Filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the brief asked the court to affirm the district court’s preliminary injunction in Doe v. Surgeon General, State of Florida. The case involves rules promulgated by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine that prohibit health care providers from giving patients under 18 medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria. 

    The brief provides background on gender identity and gender dysphoria. It details the professionally accepted medical guidelines for treating adolescents with gender dysphoria, the scientifically rigorous process by which the guidelines were developed, and the evidence that gender-affirming care is effective and saves lives. It also addresses multiple inaccuracies in a Florida state agency report relied upon by the two boards. The brief does not discuss surgeries that are typically available to transgender adults, as the preliminary injunction does not apply to surgeries.